Sr. Budget Analyst, City of Gastonia (closes 10/30/15)

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Closing: October 30, 2015
Salary: $48,755 – $91,291

Position Description
Performs difficult professional and administrative work in the independent analysis and audit of financial data and operational procedures. Responsible for analyzing and documenting current cash management, budget and business procedures, recommending process improvements, and developing the functional and technical requirements related to Finance and Budget operations. Work involves assisting with the planning, coordinating and preparation of the City’s operating and capital budgets; the collection and analysis of departmental budget estimates and the monitoring of spending.
Work is performed with considerable independence and initiative under the general direction of the Budget Administrator but will also interact significantly with other divisions in Finance, as well as employees of other City departments, project managers and technical resources. Work is reviewed through conferences, periodic reports, and the effectiveness of programs and procedures.

Functions & Duties
Conducts a review and appraisal of departmental operations to determine compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and policies; advises the Budget Administrator and Director of Financial Services on a continuing basis of any Financial or other operations within the City which should be reviewed; responsible for assisting the Budget Administrator with the development, preparation, implementation and monitoring of the annual operating and capital budget; reconciles and analyzes funds and other financial data, gathers data for and prepares a variety of complex financial reports and performs specialty work as needed to present the City’s Annual Budget and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Collects, analyzes and summarizes capital improvement program requests, reviews and processes budget modification requests; provides technical assistance to departments in areas related to budget preparation and implementation as well as the interpretation of financial data; assists contracted auditors in the annual comprehensive review of financial operations by furnishing necessary data and responding to specific inquiries; works closely with data processing and technology services personnel in using computer technology as a tool for financial analysis, audit and presentation; prepares and presents various financial or special project presentations to management and others in association with the Director of Financial Services. Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Considerable knowledge of governmental accounting principles, methods and techniques and the principles of public administration; knowledge of financial analysis and research methods and techniques; knowledge of financial record keeping and reporting; thorough knowledge of the laws, ordinances and regulations governing municipal finance and budget matters. Ability to analyze financial data and prepare reports; read and interpret state and federal financial regulations and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish effective working relationships with employees in all departments, contracted auditors and governmental agencies. Considerable knowledge of computer operations, software utilized for finance-related functions as well as Microsoft Office Applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Qualifications & Experience
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Public or Business Administration or related field and 4 to 5 years governmental experience; thorough understanding of financial analysis and reporting, internal controls and financial operations. Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Public Administration and/or CPA certification preferred; and/or any equivalent combination of education and experience required to perform the essential functions. Possession of a valid driver’s license.


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